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Shaping identities in interaction by cognitive meanings

The variable usage of usted (es) as second-person object in Spanish

María José Serrano

fact, previous findings on pronominal subject variants in Spanish have shown that both expression and omission of the subject endow a different cognitive perception of clause structure and of the communicative content expressed (Aijón Oliva and Serrano, 2013). This justifies the assumption that the

Leadership, credibility and persuasion

A view from three public policy discourses

Iga Lehman, Łukasz Sułkowski and Piotr Cap

kind of legitimization is expressed involves ‘a saying verb with the relevant authority as subject’ (1999: 105). In academic discourse source-tagging can be associated with various aspects of intertextuality , a term coined by Kristeva (1966) and used (among many others) by Fairclough (1992a) to refer

Peter W. Culicover

which is a wh -relative, the one with that is a that -relative, and the one with nothing in initial position before the subject (marked here as ∅) is a zero-relative. (1) a book you should read Jaeger and Tily (2011) found the more predictable that is in a

The bare-marking of ga

Its function in spoken Japanese

Masako Hoye

1. Introduction Japanese exhibits a nominative-accusative pattern where the subjects of transitive and intransitive sentences are coded identically with the postpositional particle -ga , as exemplified in the constructed sentences (1) and (2) below. However, this ‘case

Haifa Alatawi


The Default hypothesis on implicature processing suggests that a rapid, automatic mechanism is used to process utterances such as “some of his family are attending the wedding” to infer that “not all of them are attending”, an inference subject to cancellation if additional contextual information is provided (e.g. “actually, they are all attending”). In contrast, the Relevance hypothesis suggests that only context-dependent inferences are computed and this process is cognitively effortful. This article reviews findings on behavioural and neural processing of scalar implicatures to clarify the cognitive effort involved.

Dusana Dorjee, Merrill F. Garrett and Robert M. Harnish

-free occurrences of implicitures would be considered ambiguous since context-dependent processes needed for inferring them are absent. This is because an utterance without strongly implicated premises is subject to application of a wide range of premises that are likely to vary across people (Sperber and Wilson

Stephanie Solt, Chris Cummins and Marijan Palmović

any direct evidence that round numbers are in fact easier to process, nor is there a large body of existing research to this point. In the one directly relevant study we are aware of, Mason, Healy and Marmie (1996) found that subjects’ memory for numbers produced as answers to mathematical problems

Angelo Turri and John Turri

. 2.1.2. Materials and Procedure Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions in a 2 (Ability: unable, able) × 2 (Obstruction: external, internal) between-subjects design. Participants read a brief text and answered three test statements. The story featured Samantha, whose co

Salvatore Pistoia-Reda

cannot also be a private or a sergeant. But if we extract such pieces of information from common knowledge, it immediately follows that the mechanism governing a blind only will recognize the alternatives as being logically independent. As a consequence, they will be subject to negation irrespective of

From text to scheme

Problems in identifying arguments from expert opinion

Douglas Walton and Marcin Koszowy

& Macagno, 2008: 310) as follows. Major Premise : Source E is an expert in subject domain S containing proposition A . Minor Premise : E asserts that proposition A is true (false). Conclusion : A is true (false). An argument from expert opinion needs to be evaluated by the asking of the following